DMLab London – Talking tech & music

Join us at Music Hackspace in Somerset House for the second of our new DMLab London meet ups on 14th August 2019.

We are looking for musicians and makers, Disabled and non-disabled, to be part of our DMLab London community, to come together to imagine and invent cool new ways to make music.

Join us and be part of it. Tickets via Somerset House.

DMLab London – The event

This informal social event will give you the chance to pitch your idea – however big or small – for a new accessible musical instrument or piece of kit, to meet up with other musicians and makers, and to listen to talks by two inspirational women.

Our two speakers will open up their practice and share their ideas and challenges – one is a technologist advancing new ideas for artificial limbs and one is a musician imagining new ways for audiences to interact.

Jo-anne Cox

Joanne is onstage with a sparkly cello, bathed in red light

In April 2019 Jo-anne Cox held the first scratch performance of her show Defiant Journey – the sonic saga of a musician and her electric ally, navigating the highs and lows of life as a neurodivergent artist.

The show involves interaction with bespoke designed audio to light and music technology, designed by creative technologist Charles Matthews. The audience can also get hands-on with Vibrotactile technology designed by VibraFusionLab and made by disabled artists from Together! 2012 in East London.

In this presentation Jo-anne will talk about the process of developing Defiant Journey, from initial ideas to first performance. The presentation will cover the Aesthetics of Access, the benefits of multi-sensory engagement and discovering audio to light, music tech and vibrotactile tech as a tool for:

  • communicating hidden disability
  • challenging recovery mode and austerity politics
  • involving audience as equals in immersive and interactive storytelling.

All technology on the project was designed with access in mind and there will be opportunities for you to try it out …. that is if you dare to play the bed bug ipad!

Dani Clode

Dani Clode is a product designer from New Zealand and a MA graduate from the Royal College of Art in London.

A woman wearing a fashionable trench coat with short sleeves holds out both arms, one is prosthetic from the elbow down and made of a see through material.

Her main project, the Third Thumb explores human augmentation and prosthetic extension. Dani is currently developing the project further with neuroscientists from the Plasticity Lab in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, exploring the boundaries of neuroplasticity – seeing how it can be harnessed to improve the usability and control of prosthetic devices, and how our bodies and brains adapt to material change.

Dani also collaborates with The Alternative Limb Project, designing sculptural prosthetic arms that challenge the perception and boundaries of prosthetic design, incorporating new materials and design processes to extend the human form.

She is interested in exploring how she can work with Disabled musicians in the future and will talk about these projects and open up discussions on ideas and inspirations for collaborations.

Got something to say?

As well as these two fascinating talks, we’d love to hear pitches, ideas, theories, questions, suggestions or requests from members of the audience.

Before the event you will be given chance to sign up for a slot to share your idea with the group. You could be a Disabled musician with an access conundrum or a technologist with a piece of kit in mind or something in between!

There are no restrictions other than it needs to focus on music and access. Sign up for the event on the Music Hackspace website and closer to the time you will be given the opportunity to put your name down to speak.


This will be a relaxed event and there will be a quiet space available with comfortable seats. There is step-free access to the venue which is located on the ground floor of Somerset House. It is fully wheelchair accessible, with an accessible toilet (no hoist). There will be BSL interpretation at the event.

To book a ticket for an assistant or access support person then please use the ‘Pay What You Can – £0’ option. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 0333 320 2836 (choose option 1).

If you have any other access requirements, please let us or Music Hackspace know and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Booking is essential as our last event sold out in record time.

  • Date: 14th August 2019
  • Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Venue: Music Hackspace at Somerset House – G16, New Wing
  • Cost: Pay what you want
  • Tickets: Book via Somerset House

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